ElevationAscent: 79' 24 m
Descent: -78' -24 m
High: 66' 20 m
Low: 6' 2 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“A figure-eight loop run with views across the Patuxent Riverway and marshland and quiet sections through inner woodland.”— Zander Göpfert
That said, the second half of this run heads to the southwest corner of the sanctuary onto the easy Paw Paw Trail for a sample of the blazed hiking trails available to explore further, such as the Poplar Springs trail and Mounds Trail.
As all trails in the sanctuary can be traveled on foot in either direction, this run can be done in reverse or adapted to accommodate groups of varying abilities and/or ages.
Head back to the Visitor Center along the CADT road to the north of Windmill Pond, this time heading west from the parking area toward the Paw Paw Trail. This easy trail loops around Stump Pond, where visitors can fish or enjoy a picnic.
From either end of the Paw Paw Trail, there is access to the Poplar Springs trail to the north and Mounds Trail to the southeast to extend your run.
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Land Manager: MD DNR - Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary